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Detroit Teachers Head Back To Work, But Education Crisis Remains Unresolved

The teacher sickouts that closed most city schools for two days this week capped a chaotic year in one of the nation’s most dysfunctional school systems, where buildings are crumbling, debt is diverting money from classrooms and the vast majority of students are not proficient in math and reading.

Detroit’s public schools were able to reopen Wednesday after officials promised that teachers will be fully paid for their work, even though the system expects to run out of cash next month. But as tens of thousands of children streamed back to their classrooms, it was not clear where the money would come from to fulfill that pledge — nor how the school system’s deeper problems might be resolved.